Kevin Russo, who was a standout for the Thunder in 2008, was DFA’d by the New York Yankees today to make room for relief pitcher Jess Todd.
Russo, 26, hit .307 with two home runs and 33 RBI in 71 games three seasons ago with Trenton and would reach the big leagues two seasons later. But he struggled with the bat in the Bronx, batting just .184 in 31 games, and didn’t get off to a hot start this season in Scranton.
In 25 games, Russo was hitting just .230 with one home run and five RBI, which seemed to be a continuation of a decline since a 2009 season in which he posted career highs in batting average (.326), home runs (5) and OPS (.828).
As for Todd, he’s pitched at Yankee Stadium before…just not the new one. I covered Todd’s 2008 appearance at the Futures Game…if I remember right, his fastball was low 90′s back then, but I haven’t seen him pitch in three years, so I couldn’t tell you where he’s at stuff-wise right now.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com